METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 6, 1974 GAME:
September 23, 2002
Opening Day, 1974 at the Vet...this was the first sign that 1974 would resemble the first five months of the 1973 season rather than the last month.
The Mets took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the 9th with Tug on the mound. A single and a sac bunt brought the Phils' #8 hitter to the plate, a guy who had hit .196 in his rookie season the year before. The batter hit a 2-run homer and the Phillies won the game, 5-4.
The batter was Mike Schmidt.
March 2, 2003
The Mets had the lead into the 9th and Tug McGraw gave a home run to Mike Schmidt to lose 4-3. I knew this was a game with bad times ahead for the next 8 or 9 years.
August 5, 2004
Adding to the overall misery of the day was the constant drizzle, 40 degree temperature, and a grotesque streaker who jumped out of the seats behind first base.
One of Harrelson's hits, however, was a double off the very top of the left field fence in front of the Mets' bullpen (batting righthanded). It was the longest fly ball I ever saw Buddy hit!
May 2, 2010
This game was very disappointing. The Mets had a 9th inning lead and let it get away. Mike Schmidt hit a home run off Tug McGraw to pull one out for the Phillies. It was a tough start to a season that didn't get a whole lot better.
Schmidt's homer was significant in more ways than one. It was the only thing that prevented the Mets from having a perfect record in season opening games in the 1970s. They won their other nine openers during the decade. For Schmidt, it marked the beginning of the first of his seven seasons as the National League home run leader. Also, there was irony in that the next season, Tug and Schmidt would become teammates with the Phils, leading them to a great deal of success over a ten-year span.
More than anything else, though, it was the start of a dismal Mets' season after one that produced a pennant.